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HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. The viral infection (HIV) suppresses a person's immune system. If treated properly, the infection never progresses into Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

For self-directed testing, walk-in and self-order the HIV test. Students interested in HIV PrEP and PEP can make an appointment with a Student Health provider for evaluation. The lab tests and medications are fully covered by UC SHIP. Please visit our website for costs of services based on insurance coverage.

PrEP is used when people who don’t have HIV but who are at risk of getting HIV can take HIV medicine every day to prevent HIV infection. PrEP is used by people without HIV who are at risk of being exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use. PrEP is most effective when taken consistently each day.

PEP means taking HIV medicines within 72 hours after a possible exposure to HIV to prevent HIV infection. PEP should be used only in emergency situations. It is not meant for regular use by people who may be exposed to HIV frequently. PEP must be started within 72 hours (3 days) after a possible exposure to HIV. The sooner PEP is started after a possible HIV exposure, the better.

Student Health Services can prescribe both HIV PrEP and HIV PEP. Students should call SHS to make an appointment with a primary care provider for HIV PrEP. For HIV PEP, students should call (858) 534-3300 and contact the Advice Nurse or go through SHS Urgent Care as this needs to be prescribed within 72 hours of exposure.